Longtime USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by two former gymnasts, one of whom is an Olympic medallist. A civil lawsuit was filed by one of the gymnasts on Thursday, was released on Monday. The other woman lodged a complaint with the Michigan police two weeks ago.
According to a report by the IndyStar, Larry Nassar was the USA Gymnastics’ team physician for four Olympic games and resigned from his position last September. He was a faculty member at the Michigan State University and has treated the University’s gymnasts. He has not yet been charged with a crime and according to his attorney, Matthew Borgula, Nassar has denied any kind of wrongdoing.
After a copy of the lawsuit was shown to him, Borgula said, “Dr. Nassar, to the extent the allegations are against him, adamantly denies any misconduct at this or any other time.”
However, according to the women, the doctor had molested them by touching their genitals and breasts on multiple occasions during treatments in the 1990s and early 2000s. According to court records, one of the women said the doctor even tried to engage in inappropriate conversations when they were alone.
According to the accounts of another woman, Nassar was visibly aroused during one of her medical check-ups.
Rachael Denhollander, is one of the two former gymnasts who filed criminal complaints against Nassar in Michigan in August. She said that she was sexually assaulted by the doctor when she was 15 years old and visited him for the treatment of a lower back pain. According to her, the doctor became more abusive over five treatments.
USA Gymnastics issued a formal statement declaring it is no longer associated with Nassar, after it was contacted over the allegations.
“Dr. Nassar is no longer affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Upon learning of athlete concerns, USA Gymnastics immediately notified law enforcement,” the statement said. “Since then, we have cooperated fully with the law enforcement agency, including refraining from making further statements or taking any other action that might interfere with the agency’s investigation. We are grateful to the athletes for coming forward to share their concerns.”
The Heavy.com reported that according to his biography on the Michigan State University’s website, Larry Nassar completed his medical degree in 1993 at the Michigan State, following which he started a family practise residency at St. Lawrence Hospital.